Cotsonika on the Red Wings’ rookie trio, redux

The Red Wings re-posted an updated version of an article by Nicholas J. Cotsonika which discusses the Red Wings’ trio of strong rookie performers in Alex Nedeljkovic, Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider:

The Detroit Red Wings have the best rookie forward in the NHL right now. And the best rookie defenseman. And the best rookie goalie.

For a team that has missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past five seasons, nothing brings more excitement in the short term and hope for the long term than the play of Lucas Raymond, Moritz Seider and Alex Nedeljkovic.

The three have helped the Red Wings (13-9-3) win five straight after a 4-3 overtime victory against the New York Islanders on Saturday. 

“Obviously,” coach Jeff Blashill said, “there’s been a real infusion of talent with those three players.”

Raymond, the No. 4 pick of the 2020 NHL Draft, leads NHL rookies and the Red Wings with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 25 games. The 19-year-old forward was NHL Rookie of the Month for November, when he led rookies with 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 14 games.

Seider, the No. 6 pick of the 2019 NHL Draft, leads NHL rookie defenseman with 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 25 games after scoring in overtime agaimnst the Islanders. The 20-year-old was NHL Rookie of the Month for October, when he led rookies with eight assists and an average ice time of 22:28 in nine games.

The Red Wings are the first team to have different players named Rookie of the Month in consecutive months since center Auston Matthews (December 2016) and forward Mitchell Marner (January 2017) did so with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


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